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Verizon Argues Spectrum Case Despite Low 4G Uptake

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Mar 5, 2012, 2:31 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission last week explaining the necessity of its planned AWS spectrum purchases from four cable companies. "Despite the company's significant investment in network efficiencies, skyrocketing demand will overtake its 4G LTE capacity absent additional spectrum resources, which it needs to secure now given that it faces spectrum constraints in its network in some areas as early as 2013 and in many more by 2015," said the company. Verizon is looking to nab 122 AWS spectrum licenses from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications, for which it intends to pay $3.9 billion in total. Several organizations have filed lawsuits opposing the acquisition, citing potential anti-trust concerns. Verizon Wireless CTO Fran Shammo, however, presented a different story to investors last week. Shammo said that only 5% of Verizon Wireless's customers have made the switch to LTE 4G devices, and 95% have remained 3G-only customers. Convincing customers to adopt 4G "is very critical for us, and we're playing a very delicate balancing act here that I don't want to spend any more money on my 3G network," said Shammo. Verizon is currently offering twice the LTE 4G data per month to smartphone customers. The FCC is preparing to review Verizon's requested spectrum purchases.

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Mar 5, 2012, 4:19 PM


Sorry Verizon. No deal. No AWS for you. You don't need it. Your handsets do not even make use of the AWS frequencies. You are simply trying to hoard spectrum to weed out the competition. Verizon and AT&T should not be allowed to buy out any other competitors or purchase any AWS spectrum.
Laughing Verizon needs AWS for there wireless home internet service. Laughing They can use they 700 spectrum it is has a huge capacity to fill yet. All companies lie to try and get their way, AT&T and Verizon need to start getting creative with their spect...

Mar 6, 2012, 11:41 AM



We need spectrum because we see congestion in the future......

Verizon Wireless today announced HomeFusion Broadband, a new mobile data service that is delivered to residences via its LTE 4G network.

Couple that with their push with netflix....

This is just laughable.
Well the 3G network is already badly congested, and in the next, say 3-5 years or so, all Verizon customers will be moved from 3G to 4G, and by the time that the 4G network gets to the point that the 3G network is now it will be become badly congested...
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